Executive Council Meeting
April 19, 2011, 8:45 am., UW2 327
Present: Steve Holland, EC Chair, Constantin Behler, Dan Jaffe, Bruce Kochis, Selina Mohammed, Clark
Olson and Ron Tilden
Phone conference: Pam Joseph
Guests: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Andrea Kovalesky and Susan Vinson
Adoption of Agenda
The agenda was adopted.
Review of EC Minutes of April 5, 2011
The EC minutes of April 5, 2011 were approved as amended.
Report of GFO Officers
GFO Chair – Bruce Kochis
Report on Cabinet
Growth in enrollment at UWB will help us weather the budget cuts that are projected for the
UW in the next biennium, a 13 – 16% tuition increase will be imposed across the three
campuses. UWB does not foresee any layoffs in personnel. A budget discussion was held
on the distribution of Designated Operating Funds (DOF) at UWB. Programs have been
holding these funds for emergency needs but the Chancellor informed the Cabinet that he
has set aside emergency funds and the programs can utilize the DOF monies.
GFO Vice Chair – Steve Holland
Report on Academic Council
Undergraduate research action plan, Professor Marc Servetnick will present
information on this plan to the EC at the May 3 EC meeting.
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning Task Force 2011 Final Report, Holland
will disseminate the report to the EC.
The S&T program’s EE LNOI was approved to go forward.
Staff Work Load Facilitated Conversations looked at brainstorming lists generated
by the staff meetings and compiled by Denise Rollin, Human Resources Director.
Use of electronic reserves at the UWB library – automatic purchase of classroom
manuals has been discontinued. Does this have an impact on classroom
instruction? The GFO Instructional and Research Support Committee could look
into the long-term impact on faculty.
Enrollment discussion, the Enrollment Management Task Force, in consultation
with programs, held discussions on where growth across the campus might occur.
An enrollment summit approved 3000 FTE campus-wide. The EC would like
clarification on enrollment per program, is there a metric available? How does
program FTE help determine how faculty lines are funded?
A. Creation of Schools at UWB – feedback from programs
Holland opened discussion on the creation of schools at UWB with an update on the EC
recommendations sent to VCAA Jeffords. These recommendations were incorporated into
the Schools Proposal disseminated to the faculty through the GFO Chair, Bruce Kochis.
He has not received any feedback or comments from the faculty on the proposal. Holland
asked the EC for comment or feedback received from their programs.
EC discussion points
The nursing program representative identified the following concerns with the proposal:
The academic structure of schools does not necessarily support administrative efficiencies.
There is no clear rationale for the argument of why going to schools will promote our strategic
The move to schools is counter to the interdisciplinary mission of UWB .
Include guidelines that identify how academic units integrate within the campus, review academic
units contributions to campus governance.
Identify how schools intend to fulfill campus-wide obligations as well as their internal
Kochis moved to pass the motion:
“The EC approves the Academic Affairs proposal for the creation of Schools at UWB.”
The motion was seconded. Holland called the question on the motion, there was no further discussion.
The motion carried 7 – yes, 1 – oppose.
B. Approval of the UW Requirements for Minors
Clarification on Interdisciplinary minor’s requirements needs to be included in the policy.
Kochis moved to pass the motion:
“The EC approves the UW policy for the Requirements for Minors subject to the addition of a statement on
The motion was seconded. Holland called the question on the motion, there was no further
discussion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Kochis updated the EC on the status of GFO elections, nominations for GFO Vice Chair will be
accepted, send nominations to Barb Van Sant. The EC membership will be changing at the end of this
year, Dan Jaffe and Selina Mohammed will rotate off the Council, new representatives from Education, IAS
and Nursing will be sought.
A. Report – Academic Transition Program (ATP) – Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Andrea Kovalesky began discussion on the Academic Transition Program with a report of
statistics tracking two cohorts of students enrolled in the program 2009 - 11. Winter quarter
cumulative grade comparisons of students were reviewed by the EC. The program is
currently admitting the third cohort to the program and would like an approval to renew the
program for two more years. Twenty-five students, approximately 5% of the lower division
class are ATP students. Students begin their freshman year with a summer class and
receive supplementary support skills courses and mentoring through their first two years.
Gray Kochhar-Lindgren explained that students in the program did not qualify for direct
admission to UWB under the holistic review but show promise for academic success. One
of the challenges for the program is the recruitment of students to meet the 25 slots allotted
for the program. It does not appear that the program will meet that allotment this year with
only 8 confirmed students. Susan Vinson the Student Success Coordinator is working with
Gray and Andrea in designing a recruiting process to try to reach the 25 student enrollment
balance for the program.
The EC will review the formal charge of the program and at this time requests a report on
the program each year.
Reports from Program Representatives
A. Business – Ron Tilden – no report
B. Computing and Software Systems – Clark Olson
Olson reported that the CSS search for a Senior Lecturer is complete, with Mark
Kochanski filling the position.
C. Education – Pam Joseph – no report
D. Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences – Constantin Behler – no report
E. Nursing – Selina Mohammed – no report
F. Science & Technology – Dan Jaffe - no report
Reports of Standing Councils/Committees – no reports
A. College Council on Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Affairs (CCPTFA) – no report
B. Faculty Council on Tri-Campus Policy (FCTCP)
C. Instruction and Research Support Committee
Good of the order
Holland asked the EC to review the documents on the UWB Learning Goals and the LEAP
document on learning goals. He would like to adopt learning goals for UWB this year.
Meeting adjourned at 10:17 am
Minutes submitted by Barbara Van Sant
Next EC meeting will be April 19, 2011